Workington police controlled-explosion error cost £2,000

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Image caption The car was parked outside Workington police station after the owner had taken ill

A controlled explosion carried out on a "suspicious" car that police did not realise had been parked by colleagues cost about £2,000, the BBC has learned.

A bomb squad was called in February when officers at Workington police station in Cumbria, became concerned about a Vauxhall Corsa left outside.

Cumbria Police blamed "an internal communications error" and apologised to the owner.

The force said the incident had been reviewed and "learning applied".

A spokesperson said with "information known at the time, appropriate action was taken with public safety prioritised".

The forced intended to "ensure this does not happen again", he said.

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Officers had not been aware colleagues had parked the car outside the building after helping its owner, who had been taken ill, the force explained.

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed Cumbria Police paid £1,782.11 for the recovery and repair of the car and connected overtime costs.

The force said it did not keep "centralised records relating to costings for incidents which are dealt with as part of everyday policing" and, therefore, could not itemise the cost of police time expended.

No compensation was listed as having been paid to the car's owner.

In response to another FOI request, the MoD said the operation had cost it £432.56, with £252.64 spent on personnel, £98.92 on ammunition and approximately £81 on fuel.

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